This Week’s “The Best of The Sarasota Post” – The Best Caesar Salad on the Planet
I believe I have the best recipe for caesar salad in the whole entire world. Bold statement, I know, but you do not declare “Best of” without confidence. It is not that I am a caesar salad aficionado in that I do not travel the world tasting bevies of parmesan topped romaine in exotic locations.
I am not an esteemed chef and, in fact, had to Google what the origins of the caesar salad are for this very article. Did you know that according to Snopes, it is not named after Julius Caesar? That would have been my first guess. As it turns out, the caesar salad was aptly named after some chef named “Caesar” who had to scramble to create a salad when ingredients ran low. We all know that necessity is the mother of invention, but I digress. Anyway, the reason I find my salad to be better than yours, is people are always stealing it and then declaring it to be their own.
When I first met my husband we were just roommates with no intention of ever furthering the relationship. I blame the caesar salad. He introduced it to me early on, giving full credit to his friend “John” who had acquired the recipe by creating it tableside for patrons at a Siesta Key Village restaurant he had once worked at. It was so good that “John’s” salad became renamed as “Todd’s” caesar salad. With a healthy dose of garlic, this salad has seen us through weddings, births, holidays and “It’s been too long since we’ve had caesar salad” days. We have made it so many times that I can recite the recipe by memory, and can even recommend different brands for the various products. Though we have tried topping it with grilled chicken and shrimp, in its purest form, it really cannot be improved upon.
I tried to rename “Todd’s Caesar Salad to “Jodi’s Caesar Salad” and it never did stick. But, over the years, we have made the salad for many friends and relatives who unabashedly steal the recipe and take full credit for its existence. At a recent family gathering, my sister Sheryl may have gotten busted for this very travesty when my nephew said, “Hey, let’s make Aunt Sheryl’s caesar salad!” Thankfully, I was there to give the spotlight right back to my husband. Though known by many names, here is the official recipe for Todd’s Caesar Salad:
Romaine lettuce (enough for four people)
3 garlic cloves, mashed
Flat filets of anchovies (we omit this)
½ lemon juiced
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Tear romaine in bite size pieces, and put aside. Mix dressing ingredients and pour over romaine. Top with croutons and generous amounts of parmesan, mix and enjoy!
That’s it! There cannot be an easier “Best of” recipe out there. Todd’s Caesar Salad turns roommates into husbands so, consume at your own risk.
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